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About me

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I'm a therapist who believes that by encouraging a trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship is the foundation for any real work to move forward, and to develop positive change for you.

I offer a free initial telephone call which will help us to assess what your needs are and whether I'm the best suited counsellor for you.  You can then decide whether you would like to arrange further counselling sessions with me.

At your first appointment, we can agree whether your requirements will be short or long term, or open ended.  We will have regular reviews to ensure that your therapy process is effective.   Some people find that three to six sessions are helpful, whereas others might benefit from longer term therapy.

As well as currently offering online therapy,  I work in a confidential, safe and comfortable environment where it can help you to feel at ease to talk and to explore issues, which may include the following:-

Struggling with depression or general anxiety disorder.  Having unwanted thoughts or past traumatic memories, or panic attacks.  Problems with your relationship/s, or family conflicts.  Do you feel that you are struggling to communicate effectively?  Constantly feeling sad, tearful, or upset.  Feeling in a stuck place in your life; with your job, your decisions, and your goals?  

Do other people expect too much of you?  Are you lacking in self-confidence?  Are you finding it hard to cope?  Feeling stressed, or angry, or confused?  Have you lost a loved one?  Are you feeling trapped or not being treated with respect, or not being listened to?

These and other difficulties can be common in today's climate and often you can move forward with the help of friends and family.  But sometimes it can be wiser and more effective to seek the help of a professional therapist.  Together we will find ways to help you solve your problems, to think differently and clearly, and to restore your wellbeing and mental health.

I work with varied therapeutic tools and researched theories, depending on what would be the most beneficial for you.  Everyone's background, situations and goals are unique.   I will incorporate a Person-Centered approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic insights, Somatic awareness, and creativity.  Creativity can be very helpful to process feelings which could be difficult to explore.  I apply a holistic view of mental health by exploring the role of the mind, body, spirit from your own unique experiences - the whole you.  

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and am registered with the National Counselling Society as an accredited member.  I have been practicing since 2013.

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"The truth is, that our finest moments tend to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled.   For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different paths and honest answers."

- M Scott Peck

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(Please note that I am currently seeing clients face to face with the government safety guidelines in place; equally If you don't feel ready for face to face contact, I am also trained to work using telephone therapy sessions, online therapy or using Zoom or face-time, etc. whatever you are comfortable with).

Please note that the youngest age I can work with is 17 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked within various counselling agencies, gaining valuable experience by working with people from all walks of life.  I obtained a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2014, obtained through Willows Counselling Services in Swindon who specialise in trauma based therapy.  I trained within the agency where I practiced for 8 years alongside my private practice in Wantage.

Prior to that, I studied at New College in Swindon.   I continue with ongoing personal development, ensuring that you are receiving professional standards of counselling. I receive regular supervision, and I also attend conferences which keep me informed of mental health developments within the NHS and updated developments within various Counselling organisations and networks.    I am also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors - PCUK (Pastoral Care UK).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees

I offer a free introductory telephone call up to 15 minutes to help you make an informed decision about whether we are suited to work with each other, and to answer any questions you may have.  This will also help me assess whether I have the necessary skills to help bring about the change you desire for your life, or whether it would be more beneficial for you to be referred to another therapist or agency specialising in your needs.   If you decide to make an appointment the fees are as follows:

The first session is £35.00 - (1 hour)

Further Therapy Sessions thereafter - £45.00 (1 hour)




When I work

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My working hours are Monday to Thursday,  from 9:00am including evenings up to 8:00pm, subject to availability.  Thank you.

Further information

Contact

Please email me at  gill@daylightcounselling.co.uk or telephone me if you have any queries.  If I'm unavailable at the time of your contact, please be assured that I will get back to you as soon as I can.  Please leave a clear message if you are leaving a voicemail, so that I can hear your name.  I will try my best to get back to you within 24 hours on week days, and within 48 hours if you contact me over the weekend and bank holidays.  Thank you.

Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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